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Study finds wide variety of academic standards by state

LA School Report | July 10, 2015

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HUFFINGTON-POST-IconWhat does it mean to be passing math class?

The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the research arm of the Education Department, the National Center for Education Statistics. These differences are crucial as America’s population becomes more mobile, moving between states.

As some parents, teachers and politicians fight the Common Core State Standards, an effort to make sure the bar for learning in math and reading is consistent nationally, the new report shows that as recently as 2013, this metric varied widely.

For example, it’s possible for a fourth-grader to be passing reading in New Jersey, but as soon as he or she moves across the Hudson River to New York, to be suddenly considered failing — despite not knowing any less.

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